Over the past years, antibiotics were usually prescribed for ear infections. However, according to a study review, it is now known that about 80% of ear infections usually eradicates in about three days without making use of antibiotics.
However, making use of antibiotics can cause the bacteria that is responsible for the infection be resistant to the antibiotics. Also, using improper use of antibiotics or when you really don’t need them can result to antibiotic resistance, which is an ongoing problem in the medical sphere.
Although in certain situations, antibiotics may be the best medication to use. It has been reported that the American Academy of Pediatrics has approved the use of antibiotics for ear infections in children that are; six months and older with moderate to very serious ear pain for 48 hours or a temperature of 102.2°F (39°C) or higher and twenty four months or younger if both ears are involved
Home remedies for an ear infection
If you or your baby has developed a regular ear infection without very serious ymptoms, you could attempt some of these home remedies:
●Pain relievers- a dose of over the counter medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can reduce the pain and fever experienced by you and your child.
●Compresses- it does not matter if you like a warm compress or an ice pack, this method is also safe for children and adults. You can also interchange them if doing so helps you to feel better.
●A change in sleeping position- you should try putting additional pillows under your head to help your ear drain when you go to bed at night.
●Distraction- If your child is usually fussy, you can try a method of distraction to take their mind off their painful ear. A favorite toy, snack or game can cause a distraction.
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